Friday, July 22, 2016

Courageous (Valiant Hearts #3) by Dina L. Sleiman

Title: Courageous (Valiant Hearts #3)
Author: Dina L. Sleiman
Pages: 368
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Medieval
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Valiant Hearts: Where Adventure and Romance Meet

     Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind, of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she’s haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

     Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of yound adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.

My review:

     This is another incredible medieval tale!

     This is a stand-alone story. A number of the characters were in secondary roles in the earlier books in the series but there is enough information included in this book about them that you don’t need to have read either of the previous novels before this one.

     I loved getting to know more about Rosalind and meeting Randel. They are both wonderful though flawed characters. They each have deep seated guilt that they are carrying from things that have happened in their pasts. They each have a journey to travel to try and deal with their guilt and learn to accept God’s love and forgiveness as truth.

     I thoroughly enjoyed the action and battle scenes. Part of what I liked was that there are no graphic details given and yet the fear and focus that the knights and other fighters experienced was clearly expressed.

     The other aspect of this group of crusaders and their battles was the attention that they had on prayer and seeking God’s guidance. This is how I believe we are all supposed to live and I love it when that is how the characters in books live as well.

     This wonderful book is getting a rating of 5 stars from me. I highly recommend it.

     You can find out more about Dina Sleiman and her books on her website at:

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